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Local SPMBA Talent Drafted to the Toronto Blue Jays
Published Friday, June 16, 2017

Local SPMBA Talent Drafted to the Toronto Blue Jays in 20thRound!

Sherwood Park Minor Baseball Association congratulates Sherwood Park's very own Tanner Kirwer, who was drafted in the 20th round (609th overall) as an outfielder, out of Niagara University, to the Toronto Blue Jays today!  Tanner Kirwer is a local product of our very own SPMBA and played for the Sherwood Park Dukes (coached by Josh Bishop), where Tanner was selected to represent Team Alberta in the 2013 Canada Games (finishing third)


Honorable mentions to Tanner’s successful baseball career include:

2013 - Selected to Team Alberta for the Canada Games, finishing 3rd (post SPMBA Dukes season with a .521 batting average)

2014 - SPMBA Dukes, Won NorWest League Player of the Year

2015 - Named to the All-MAAC Second Baseball Team (at end of season), Niagara University

2016 - Named to the All-MAAC Second Baseball Team (at end of season), Niagara University

2016 - Named to the All-MAAC Second Baseball Team (at pre-season), Niagara University

2016 - Named to the College Madness All-MAAC First Baseball Team, Niagara University, (going 10-for-14 with 12 RBI’s and earned National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s‘National Hitter of the Week’, MAAC ‘Player of the Week’ and College Sports Madness’ MAAC‘Baseball Player of the Week’)

2017- Selected to All-MAAC First Team, making him 3-for-3 in all of his three seasons at Niagara University (led the MAAC in runs and stolen bases and was second in the MAAC in doubles, his 20 doubles tie him for second-most in a single season in Niagara University history). * (from the Canadian Baseball Network)

Over the last 3 days the Toronto Blue Jays picked 22 pitchers, 5 catchers, 7 infielders and 7 outfielders (2 of which are Canadian talent).  Blue Jays amateur scouting director Steve Sanders was quoted as saying “We feel very well positioned with the Canadian amateur talent base,” Sanders said on a conference call.  “Tanner and Cooper are were two guys that we really liked and hoped to have a chance at.  Both guys are outfielders with speed and good bats, instincts, so again, both players we feel very strongly and believe in their talents and ability.  We were glad to be able to grab two Canadians on Day 3”**(from the Canadian Press)

Congratulations to Tanner for this amazing opportunity.  SPMBA wishes him all the best for a long and successful career in the MLB  ….  Way to go Tanner!

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